Lance Stephenson Demoted For Disciplinary Reasons

by April 10, 2011

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson just can’t seem to get on his organization’s good side. Via the Indy Star: “Lance Stephenson’s ongoing immaturity issues could be pushing him closer to the door with the Indiana Pacers. Any chance of Stephenson playing in the final two regular-season games or the playoffs ended Saturday, when coach Frank Vogel said Stephenson was demoted for violating team rules. ‘He’ll be the fourth point guard through the playoffs,’ Vogel said. ‘This is being done for disciplinary reasons. T.J. (Ford) will be our third point guard.’ Stephenson had been expected to play in the final two games but will assume the role formerly held by Ford, who has not played since Jan. 28. Vogel declined to say what Stephenson did to warrant those actions. He did say, though, that there are no legal issues involved with Stephenson. Stephenson has had maturity issues going back to when he was a high school star in New York City. It’s those same issues that caused him to fall to the second round of the draft last summer.”